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New planting and restocking by ownership

In 2017-18 most new planting (90%) took place on private sector land (Table 1.14). In contrast, almost three quarters of reported restocking (71%) took place on FC/NRW/FS land. 

Table 1.14 New planting & publicly funded restocking by ownership

Year (ending 31/3) New Planting   Restocking   Total  
thousand hectares         
  FC/NRW/FS Private sector Total FC/NRW/FS Private sector Total FC/NRW/FS Private sector Total
England         
2013-14 0.0 3.3 3.3 2.1 2.4 4.5 2.1 5.8 7.8
2014-15 0.0 2.4 2.4 2.3 4.2 6.4 2.3 6.6 8.8
2015-16 0.0 0.8 0.8 2.3 1.0 3.3 2.3 1.8 4.1
2016-17 0.0 1.1 1.1 2.4 0.6 3.0 2.4 1.7 4.2
2017-18 0.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 0.0 2.0 2.0 1.5 3.5
Wales         
2013-14 0.0 0.9 0.9 1.6 0.7 2.3 1.6 1.6 3.2
2014-15 0.0 0.1 0.1 1.6 0.4 1.9 1.6 0.5 2.0
2015-16 0.0 0.1 0.1 1.5 0.3 1.8 1.5 0.5 1.9
2016-17 0.0 0.4 0.4 1.4 0.2 1.7 1.4 0.6 2.1
2017-18 0.0 0.2 0.2 1.5 0.2 1.7 1.5 0.4 2.0
Scotland
2013-14 0.6 7.7 8.3 6.2 1.7 7.9 6.8 9.4 16.2
2014-15 0.4 7.2 7.6 6.5 2.0 8.5 6.9 9.1 16.0
2015-16 0.7 3.9 4.6 6.6 1.3 7.8 7.3 5.2 12.5
2016-17 1.1 3.7 4.8 6.7 4.4 11.1 7.7 8.1 15.8
2017-18 0.9 6.3 7.1 5.8 3.9 9.7 6.6 10.1 16.8
Northern Ireland
2013-14 0.0 0.3 0.3 1.1 0.1 1.2 1.1 0.4 1.5
2014-15 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.9 0.2 1.0 0.9 0.4 1.3
2015-16 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.1 0.8 0.7 0.1 0.9
2016-17 0.0 0.2 0.2 1.3 0.1 1.3 1.3 0.3 1.5
2017-18 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.9 0.3 1.1
UK
2013-14 0.6 12.3 12.9 10.9 4.9 15.8 11.5 17.2 28.7
2014-15 0.4 9.9 10.3 11.2 6.6 17.8 11.6 16.5 28.1
2015-16 0.7 4.9 5.6 11.1 2.7 13.7 11.8 7.6 19.4
2016-17 1.1 5.4 6.5 11.7 5.3 17.1 12.8 10.7 23.6
2017-18 0.9 8.2 9.1 10.2 4.1 14.3 11.1 12.3 23.4

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service, grant schemes.

Notes:

1. Private sector figures are based on areas for which grants were paid during the year and, for England, includes new planting supported by The Woodland Trust, by Natural England and by the Environment Agency, and land acquired by the National Forest Company.  Figures for grant-aided planting under Rural Development Contracts in Scotland relate to calendar years. 

2. A small amount of new planting without grant aid in Scotland in 2016-17 has been included. No other estimates of areas planted without grant aid are included.  As a result, the reported figures are likely to under-estimate the true level of planting activity.  Restocking figures cover restocking that took place on FC/NRW/FS land, and restocking that took place on private sector land with public funding.

3. The planting season lies both sides of 31 March, and the weather can cause planting to be advanced or delayed.

4. Includes natural colonisation and natural regeneration.

5. Restocking by natural regeneration in non-clearfell areas may be under-represented in the above table.

6. 2017-18 publicly funded restocking grants in England are limited to FE woodlands and private woodlands where landowners applied for grants to assist the restocking of stands felled due to tree health issues (e.g. Phytophthora in Larch and Chalara in Ash).

Data: Longer time series of the above table are available from the Woodland Statistics web page.

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